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This year’s flu season is going to be a bit more complicated — thanks to the presence of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Hoping to avoid last spring’s chaos with schools and businesses closing whenever there was an outbreak, public health officials are encouraging businesses, colleges and schools to prepare for the… Continue Reading Businesses urged to prepare for outbreak of swine flu

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Program shows success with pay for performance

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Pilot programs that reward doctors and hospitals for performance and quality medicine pay off in terms of financial savings and patient health. During the past five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been rewarding doctors in private practice, as well as hospitals, for improving the quality of care and reducing the effects… Continue Reading Program shows success with pay for performance

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A growing chorus of health care providers believes something is missing from the debate about reform — personal responsibility, an individual pledge to move toward wellness. “We have a huge disease burden, said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association who was in Colorado Springs last week. “Obesity… Continue Reading When will wellness enter the health care debate?

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When homeowners are confronted with impending foreclosure, they often will file for bankruptcy. The act of filing for bankruptcy causes an “automatic stay,” which stops creditors from taking action, thus preventing a foreclosure, said Michael Sousa, assistant professor at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law. Sousa said that if homeowners have unsuccessfully tried other means… Continue Reading Bankruptcy, foreclosures and living the life thereafter

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If you have high cholesterol while in your 40s — more is at risk than just your heart. Research shows that your mind is also at risk. Kaiser Permanente studied people with mid to high cholesterol levels for 40 years. The results showed a sobering connection: a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia.… Continue Reading Midlife high cholesterol linked to late-life dementia

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One Colorado Springs man believes he has the solution to the health care crisis — and it isn’t more government programs, subsidies or taxes. In fact, Steve Hyde believes free markets can address the issues with costs and access. His idea, outlined in the book, “Cured,” is to give people the money to buy their… Continue Reading Is there a free market solution to health care crisis?

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Health department gets swine flu help

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Most people in Colorado will be able to get vaccinations for the H1N1 swine flu later this year. The federal government gave $5 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to strengthen its infrastructure ahead of the expected delivery of the vaccine. Part of the federal money will go directly to state… Continue Reading Health department gets swine flu help

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Health care costs are quickly outpacing income at almost every level for residents of Colorado. A series of workshops throughout the state will address the findings of an affordability study conducted by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiatives. The groups will be in Colorado Springs at 6 p.m.… Continue Reading It’s not just the poor who can’t afford health care

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As hospitals struggle to meet new budget demands, they are faced with delaying or scaling back information technology projects — despite the fact that technology offers the promise of more efficient, less expensive care. Moving from a paper-based system to an electronic system, prescribing medicine using hand-held devices, checking drug interactions via computers — all… Continue Reading Health care providers facing technology quandary

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Those few extra pounds you’ve been meaning to lose? Think again. They might be unsightly, but they could add to your longevity. That’s according to a 12-year study that will be published in Obesity, an online health journal. Underweight people and those who are extremely obese are at increased risk of dying, but carrying a… Continue Reading Don’t sweat the bulge, you might live longer

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